BY BARRY LANK
ECHO PARK – Restrictions last year on sleeping in vehicles near parks apparently weren’t enough. The City Council is now considering a motion to prohibit the overnight parking of large vehicles around Echo Park Lake altogether.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell has proposed prohibiting vehicles longer than 22 feet or taller than seven feet from parking along the streets surrounding the lake anytime between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
“Our office has received numerous complaints from residents regarding the amount of parking these large vehicles are utilizing around the lake,” said Tony Arranaga, a spokesperson for Councilmember O’Farrell. “Residents are concerned that some of the vehicle owners are ‘storing’ their RVs, large trucks, and haulers here….”
Last year, the city began enforcing a controversial ordinance opposed by homeless advocates that prohibited people from sleeping in vehicles overnight in residential zones or within a block of a park or school or day care facility. During the day, people living vehicles must stay at least one block away from parks and schools.
But a recent visit to the lake confirms that large campers are indeed parked there. Arranaga said O’Farrell’s office has received complaints that people are sleeping in their vehicles overnight.
The streets where overnight parking would be restricted include:
- Bellevue Avenue between Glendale Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue
- Echo Park Avenue between Park Avenue and Bellevue Avenue
- Park Avenue between Glendale Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue
- Glendale Boulevard between Park Avenue and Bellevue Avenue
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